City offers activities for summer fun

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JULIE ANDERSON
Every summer, with school no longer in session, children and parents

go battle the same old question: ?What can I do today??



Parents can help occupy children?s time with a variety of
activities

offered by local organizations, churches and the city.



?There?s just the general benefit of keeping kids busy during the

summer,? said Lonnie Isaac, director of the Hillsboro Recreation

Commission.



He said summer activities provided by the city fill some of the
time

children would have to be at a baby-sitter, as well as let them be

around their friends and stay involved in the community.



?With the (school?s) grant program, we are able to offer more free

activities,? Isaac said.



The grant program pays for activity instructors.



Water options



One popular activity during the summer is swimming. For those
wanting

to learn to swim, two sessions of Red Cross swimming lessons are

offered. The sessions begin June 19 and July 3.



Each session is two weeks long. Anyone interested should call the

municipal pool to sign up.



Swim team also is offered for children ages eight through 18.

Registration is $25. Practices start May 31, but swimmers may sign
up

during the season.



For more information or to register for lessons or the swim team,
call

the Hillsboro Municipal Swimming Pool at 947-3750.



Athletic teams



Another way to keep children occupied is through baseball and
softball

leagues offered by the HRC.



?Our biggest deal is softball and baseball,? Isaac said.



A new program this summer is junior golf.



For a $15 fee, children can participate in the two-week activity.

Participants will have access to the course one morning a week,

allowing them a time to have the course to themselves. The program

begins in mid-June.



A junior tennis program will be offered free to USD 410 students.
This

program is paid for by a grant through the school.



It begins the first week of June and continues all month, meeting

twice a week.



Sign-up is already completed for baseball and softball because the

T-shirts have been ordered, but children can still sign up for the

other activities.



Isaac said if a child wants to participate they try to let them,

although they may not receive a T-shirt.



He encourages any parents with ideas for activities or the ability
to

lead them to contact him. He said there is the possibility for

additional programs throughout the summer.



For more information about the programs, call Isaac at 947-3490.



Indoor options



For those who want to stay out of the heat, a variety of indoor

activities are offered.



Children can take a step back to ?medieval times? with the
Hillsboro

Public Library?s six-week summer reading program.



Children, ages 3 to 11, will read stories and do activities
relating

to the medieval theme. They can also read independently.



Registration is already under way for one of two classes, held on

Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning June 13 and 16.



For an evening of entertainment, families can attend the summer
drama

group?s performance of ?A Royal Command Performance.?



It will be presented June 16 and 17. The evening will begin at
6:30

with a Renaissance Fair providing some pre-show entertainment and
the

play begins at 7:30.



Tickets are $3 for general admission and $1.50 for children and

students.



The drama workshops are directed by Judy Harder and financed in
part

with contributions from the Arts & Crafts Association.



Service and camps



Another opportunity exists at Parkside Homes, where children can

volunteer to work during the summer.



Children looking for an adventure can attend one of the area camps

this summer.



The 4-H camp will be held June 15-18 at Rock Springs Ranch,
located

about 10 miles south of Junction City. It is open to any 4-H
member

ages 7 through 13, as well as friends of 4-H members.



Nancy Pihl, county extension agent, said registrations are still
being

accepted. The cost of the camp is $102.



While at the camp, children will participate in the Rock Springs

activities, including archery, horse back riding, canoeing, arts
and

crafts and nature activities.



In addition, 4-H agents will lead activities on such themes as

building rockets, theater activities, puppets, line dancing,
sports, a

carnival and talent show. A campfire will be offered for telling

stories and singing.



Younger children can sign up for Rookie Camp, open to first- and

second-grade students. The cost is $45 for two days and one night,

June 15 and 16.



Area churches also are holding camps for children over the summer.



The Mennonite Brethren Southern District churches are holding
three

camps:



n A senior high camp will be held June 4-9 in Colorado. The cost
is

$145.



n From June 20-24 a junior activities camp will be held at Tabor

College for students completing the fourth through sixth grade.
The

cost is $115.



n The third camp is the junior high camp, July 5-8, in Oklahoma.
It is

open to youth who completed seventh through eight grade, and the
cost

is $125.



Vacation Bible schools



In addition to camps, the churches also offer vacation bible
schools.



The United Methodist Church, First Mennonite Church and Trinity

Mennonite Church are holding a combined vacation Bible school from

6:30 to 8:45 p.m., June 4-8, at the First Mennonite Church.



It is open to children ages 4 through the fifth grade. The theme
for

this year is, ?The Greatest Story Ever Told: God?s Story.?



For older children, the churches will hold a Junior High Bible
Academy

at HUMC at the same times. The academy, open to sixth through
eighth

graders, will focus on the theme ?Boosting Self-Esteem.?



Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church also is holding its vacation
Bible

school from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., June 4-8. The theme will be
?SonZone

Discovery Center.?



Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church will hold VBS from 8:30 to
11:30,

June 12-16 with the theme ?SonZone Discovery Center.?



On Friday, the children will be served lunch as a reward for
finishing

bible school. It is open to children age four through fifth grade.



Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church also is holding a VBS with the

theme ?SonZone Discovery Center.?



It will be held from 9 to 11

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